Get Out: MacLehose stages 7 & 8
16km, Moderately Difficult
Starting from Shing Mun reservoir, the ridge top offers distant views of Hong Kong and the surrounding area. The trail leads up and along the ridge to Needle Hill (Cham Shan). Descend the peak and head up the road, then hang a right at the fork.
You’ll emerge from the forest onto the side of Grassy Hill. The road winds up the side and passes by a gazebo. At the top there are some decent rocks to scramble up for a lunch break, with 360-degree views.
The descent into Lead Mine Pass offers views toward Tai Mo Shan, identifiable by its weather station wreathed peak. At the bottom, turn left and follow the road down the hill to the public washrooms.
Tai Mo Shan trail starts up through the woods and breaks out into grassy hilltops interspersed with large rocks and loitering cattle. The larger boulders look decent for climbing, at the risk of breaking your fall with cow dung.
The trail changes to paved road as it closes in on the peak. Tai Mo Shan is Hong Kong’s tallest mountain at 957 metres. You can’t reach the summit because of the weather station, which more resembles deserted barracks.
The road descends along a well used road to the park exit. Turn right to the bus stop.
Getting there: From Tsuen Wan MTR, grab a taxi to Shing Mun reservoir. Head across the main dam to the trail head, just up from the Wilson section 7 trail head.